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Performance One - Sofia Jernberg & Rully Shabara

  • Carriageworks 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh, NSW, 2015 Australia (map)

Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks present Resonant Bodies Festival Australia:

Sofia Jernberg & Rully Shabara

with collaborators: Jim Denley, Johan Jutterström, Ramberto Agozalie, Daniel Caesar, Raghav Handa and Melinda Tyquin.

Tickets $35 (or $60 for a three-show pass)

Illuminating the shape-shifting power of the human voice, Resonant Bodies is an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013. This exclusive Australian iteration will feature Swedish-Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australians Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser and Sonya Holowell.

Sofia Jernberg is a Swedish singer and composer, born in Ethiopia in 1983, and raised in Sweden, Ethiopia and Vietnam. One of Jernberg's deepest interests as a singer is to develop the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary includes an array of techniques that push beyond the conventions of Western vocal sound. She has dug deep into split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing and her skills have been applied to a wide array of musical projects. In 2014, Sofia performed Arnold Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin and she composes for modern jazz octet Paavo, and contemporary quartet The New Songs. As an improviser, Jernberg appears in many different constellations, but regularly in a duo with cellist Lene Grenager. As a composer, her main focus lies in the blending of improvisation and composition. Upcoming collaborations involve DuoEgo (Sweden), The Peärls Before Swïne (Sweden), Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (Norway), The Opera Group (UK), and Norbotten Big Band (Sweden).
Sofia's Sydney set will open with a solo by Sofia after which she will be joined by Jim Denley (saxophone) in a new composition by Johan Jutterström (Sweden) that takes these adventurous musicians to their limits.

Experimental vocalist Rully Shabara makes use of a wide range of extended techniques. His work fuses traditional Javanese musical forms with the experimentation of the avant-garde and ideas imported from metal and noise music. His duo Senyawa is a collaboration with instrument creator Wukir Suryadi. Suryadi's assemblages of bamboo, string, and metal have accompanied Senyawa on tours throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA. They have collaborated with the likes of Yoshida Tatsuya, Otomo Yoshide, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Rabih Beiani, Trevor Dunn, Greg Fox, Sofia Jernberg, Arrington De Dionysus, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, Oren Ambarchi, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi; and they have performed at the Adelaide Festival; MONA FOMA; theGlatt und Verkert Festival (Austria); the Malmo Sommarscen Festival (Sweden); CTM Festival (Berlin); and SuperDeluxe Tokyo.

For his set at Resonant Bodies Rully's many and spectacular voices will eject and escape as raw power in unamplified solo wailing, moving through layers of ecstatic extension, culminating in a new piece with his recently formed project Setabuhan – a pattern-driven, muscular music for voice, drummers (Ramberto Agozalie and Daniel Caesar), and dancers (Raghav Handa and Melinda Tyquin).